Little Whispers

Got Out of My Cage

First Reading
DN 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,
with whom he drank.
Under the influence of the wine,
he ordered the gold and silver vessels
which Nebuchadnezzar, his father,
had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,
to be brought in so that the king, his lords,
his wives and his entertainers might drink from them.
When the gold and silver vessels
taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in,
and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers
were drinking wine from them,
they praised their gods of gold and silver,
bronze and iron, wood and stone.

Suddenly, opposite the lampstand,
the fingers of a human hand appeared,
writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace.
When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched;
his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook,
and his knees knocked.

Then Daniel was brought into the presence of the king.
The king asked him, “Are you the Daniel, the Jewish exile,
whom my father, the king, brought from Judah?
I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you,
that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom.
I have heard that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties;
if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it means,
you shall be clothed in purple,
wear a gold collar about your neck,
and be third in the government of the kingdom.”

Daniel answered the king:
“You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else;
but the writing I will read for you, O king,
and tell you what it means.
You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven.
You had the vessels of his temple brought before you,
so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers,
might drink wine from them;
and you praised the gods of silver and gold,
bronze and iron, wood and stone,
that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence.
But the God in whose hand is your life breath
and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify.
By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set down.

“This is the writing that was inscribed:
MENE, TEKEL, and PERES.
These words mean:
MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it;
TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Responsorial Psalm
DANIEL 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
R. (59b) Give glory and eternal praise to him.

“Sun and moon, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“All you winds, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Fire and heat, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Cold and chill, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Gospel
LK 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”


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“You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
(Luke 21: 17-19)


REFLECTION
As an art student, I am assigned to do more practice in drawing, but whenever I’m doing some of my artworks, even though if it is just for myself or a requirement in my courses. I always feel doubtful of what I’m doing with my art, I feel like no one would like it or if my professors would even actually give a good grade for it. Even though it is my passion I feel like it is lacking something, an art style that would be approved by everyone else. I feel like it wasn’t enough.

Every time I draw or even just make rough sketches, I feel like someone is secretly criticizing my art style, they are like judging me of my different perspective in my drawings. I feel like no one will appreciate it. I feel like I’m taking this drawing in a wrong way. I feel like I shouldn’t be expressing my art in that way. It made me realize that, it’s like there’s a certain rule to make a good artwork, that you couldn’t express your art in your uniqueness. It’s like I’m stuck on doing the same thing all over again and again and not finding a different way to express it.

For 5 years, I lived inside the box, even though I wasn’t enjoying, I feel like I just need to do it. I never listened to the persons that have been telling me that, “There’s no rule in making an art, you just need to look for different angles, and think outside the box.”

I imprisoned myself for years, and the cage that has been hindering me to go out and to be free, was all along open the whole time; it is just waiting for me to fly out of it.

The time has come that I opened the gates of the cage, and slowly went out of it. I was scared at first but I remember that no one will harm me, this is who I am, this is what I know, I don’t care what people think of me, as long as I’m enjoying of the things I’m doing; I’ll be alright as long as God is there with me.

Let’s say that, you have this hobby, a passion that you’ve been practicing through the years, and that is God; your passion in serving Him in a very unique way. But the people that surround you, they are hindering you, they are stopping you from doing what you love. All I can say is that, don’t be uncertain on the things that you love to do, be confident and proud, like serving God in your very own way, because in the end, in your confidence, He will keep you from harm, He’ll be there to guide you and He’ll hold you up.

Reflection Song

Hold You Up by Shane Harper

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